Protecting your identity and your taxes can feel like an uphill battle. As we shared last year, tax season brings about a surge of attempts for scammers and identity thieves to phish for your personal information. In 2015, Americans saw a significant spike in the number of occurrences where taxes were fraudulently filed on both a federal and state level. While it’s unfortunate that identity theft is becoming common, the increase in theft also means that more companies have processes in place to handle fraudulent situations as quickly as possible. Today we offer tips and resources to help you protect yourself from potential theft.
Yeske Buie Treated Fellow Financial Planners to Be Our Guest
This week, the Yeske Buie team treated fellow financial planners to two “Be Our Guest” presentations, sponsored by the Foundation for Financial Planning. The Foundation’s Be Our Guest program provides an opportunity for financial planning professionals to spend time with and learn directly from the profession’s leaders in exchange for a charitable contribution to the Foundation. Yeske Buie delivered two presentations – one on our Financial Planning Resident and Internship program and one on our Client Experience program, both of which have a distinguished reputation across the profession. Yeske Buie is pleased to have been one of the largest Be Our Guest programs in recent years, raising over $12,000 for the Foundation!
Earlier this week, Schwab released the first round of 1099 forms required to complete your 2015 tax return. Schwab will send the forms in the mail as well as post them to your online Schwab Alliance account. If you use the Schwab Alliance website, here are instructions for accessing your 1099 electronically. In addition to this round of forms, Schwab will release Corrected 1099 forms early next month. We sent an email last week to those who we expect to receive Corrected 1099s suggesting that you wait until mid-March to file your return to avoid having to file an amended return. If you have any questions regarding the 1099 forms, please do not hesitate to contact us.
At Yeske Buie, our purpose is to empower people to pursue their Live Big® lives. And our greatest strength is our dedicated team of professionals, led by our two founders, who between them have over 70 years of combined experience practicing financial planning and leading the profession.